Peter Crouch wants to see Wayne Rooney back for England - even though it could spell the end of his run in the team.
Crouch has looked increasingly comfortable since Rooney was forced out with a broken foot. The Liverpool striker has scored four goals in three games and SvenGoran Eriksson has a selection problem looming.
Crouch said: "It's important to have Wayne back. The fact that the manager has named him in his squad shows he was always confident he would be fit. He's looking fit in training now and it's important we have him back because he's a top-class player."
Rooney will take his place among the substitutes against Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday and could play the last 20 minutes.
The striker, out for more than six weeks, is most likely to appear if England have victory in the bag but the Caribbean islanders played physical football against Sweden on Saturday and will not change their style if they are in contention against England.
Eriksson's dilemma is whether he sends on Rooney to play with Crouch or Michael Owen. The former Aston Villa man is, without doubt, in better shape and form but Owen's goalscoring pedigree is outstanding.
Thirty-six international goals is his argument for playing but he appears frustrated by the failure of his body to meet his own expectations. Eriksson has never substituted a physically-fit Owen as early as he did against Paraguay, after 55 minutes
Owen has recovered from his broken foot but has played a full 90 minutes only once this year. He is far from his lethal best. In contrast, Crouch came off the bench to score against Hungary and fired a hat-trick against Jamaica in World Cup warmup matches.
England's players were given the day off yesterday and most relaxed with their families at the team's luxury retreat.
Meanwhile, Czech Republic striker Milan Baros fears he will miss the entire World Cup with a foot injury.
The Aston Villa forward has been unable to train properly for a fortnight after developing a problem on his instep and cannot walk without feeling pain.
Czech Republic coach Karel Bruckner had hoped to have him available for last night's 3-0 Group E win over the United States in Gelesenkirchen but his star striker was unable to run in the warm-up. While Baros has not yet given up hope of playing in the competition, he recognises the signs are not good and will not be having an injection to numb the pain.
He said: "Of course, I am worried I will miss the tournament. You see all these big games and you want to play in them. This is the first time we have qualified for the World Cup in 16 years and I want to be involved. But my health is the most important thing. I do not want to be out for a year because I have had an injection to get me through.
"The problem is with the inside of my foot. It hurts when I move. I did a bit of training yesterday and, you never know, I might be on the bench on Saturday. If not, I will just be carrying on being a fan instead."